Downtown Protest

Frederick March for Justice protest organizer Gabrael Moore shouts to patrons dining outside as other members stage a sit-in on the first block of North Market Street Friday evening. Approaching at left, are members of Frederick United, who organized a separate march though downtown Frederick.

Downtown Frederick was the site of two protests Friday night, both of which called out the same name: Breonna Taylor. The decision in Louisville to not charge any of the three officers involved in her death with murder pushed both Frederick’s March for Justice (FMJ) and Frederick United to take to the streets, albeit in different fashions.

“Her life mattered,” said Alijah Gee, standing outside Brewer’s Alley on Market Street with protesters from FMJ sitting around her. “She could have been me. She could have been my sister.”

FMJ decided to hold a sit-in, where protesters sat in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis this spring.

After the silence, they called upon the diners who were surrounding them to pay attention and use their privileges to have hard conversations.

“We’re here to make people uncomfortable,” Gee said. “Since the government doesn’t want to do it, we have to do it ourselves.”

The event ended with protesters lying in the street to symbolize her death. It was largely representative of the way Akiyyah Billups, FMJ organizer, said she sees the country: Black and brown bodies lying in the street while others sit eating their dinner, not paying attention.

“It’s symbolic to the economic oppression that Black and brown people go through as well,” she said. “We need to fix that.”

Many people did pay attention, raising their fists with the protesters and chanting Taylor’s name. But others were not fazed, even when protesters directly called upon them or chanted near their tables.

“I’m tired of having this conversation. White people, I’m telling you, put your foot down if you stand with me,” said Dajah Gee. “I want to make you uncomfortable. I want you to have these conversations.”

Frederick United’s march started at the Baker Park Bandshell, where organizer Kristen Lundy asked all the Black women in attendance to get up on stage with her.

“While you’re thinking of Breonna Taylor, realize that we have Black women here, every day, going through some of the things that she has gone through, and other things as well,” Lundy said. “So let’s get started and let’s march.”

The group of about 50 people marched up Bentz Street, across 3rd Street and to Market Street, where they eventually were in the same spot as the FMJ group. Frederick United cut ties with FMJ in August following events at a “We Back Blue” rally outside the sheriff’s office.

Lundy said it was important for her to march in Frederick to show Louisville that they stand in solidarity with them, and to demand change in the county as well. She criticized the grand jury decision in Louisville to not prosecute any officers for Taylor’s death as “bogus.” One officer was charged for his actions during the raid, but not specifically for Taylor’s death.

“It just reinstated what Black women have heard since you come out the womb, it’s like your life doesn’t matter,” Lundy said. “And we’re shown that in various different ways.”

Frederick United is holding a family-friendly event on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Mullinix Park.

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley

(123) comments

Thibadeaudavid

Protests for what? She shouldn't have been there. Her choice. Very sorry what happened!!!!

Thibadeaudavid

I DON'T care what color! Dude was shooting at cops. Don't put yourself there. Dah

Thibadeaudavid

Wow! My comment never posted! I guess it doesn't matter.

jth7100

https://www.google.com/search?q=brett+hankinson+prior+issues&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS908US908&oq=brett+hankinson+prior+issues&aqs=chrome..69i57.7015j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://abcnews.go.com/US/ballistics-report-raises-questions-breonna-taylor-shooting-attorney/story?id=73279097

petersamuel

PP: You ask me: "Why aren't you proud of your race?" Simple: because I have never thought of myself as having a 'race'. I don't see 'race' as a sensible or acceptable classifier. I was raised and have lived among people who believe that only bigots raise the issue of 'race.' I would shun anyone who speaks of 'the white race.' It has such nasty connotations -- from genocide, apartheid, slavery to just nastiness to others. Martin Luther King was a political inspiration growing up. The circles I have mixed in all my life have always looked down on generalizations about race, on discrimination etc.

You also say I "seem to think (I) should have the final...word and (you) should just shut up." That's absurd. I don't want you to shut up. I have no way of making anything of mine the final word anyway. I know it's likely you and others will reply to me and that your replies will be published. I'm always interested in replies even if I dislike or disagree with them. Good luck to you.

bosco

Well said [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][ninja]

phydeaux994

petersamuel, until 12 years ago I never thought of myself as having a “race” either. As I mentioned, we lived in Communities, including 22 years in Columbia MD, where race was never a “sensible or acceptable” classifier. And I have spent the last 12 years trying to convince my detractors that that is the only way we can heal this Country. And that is why when we moved here 12 years ago I was shocked at how Race was and is to many here in FC, the 1st classifier, maybe the only classifier. It’s funny, my wife was just talking to our next door neighbor, a young lady in her 70’s and she said that she had just come back from being suspended from FACEBOOK for her strong opinions supporting DJ Trump. That’s why we learned early here, don’t talk politics with your neighbors if you lean the slightest bit Left. Peace.✌️

petersamuel

phydeaux: yes politics has gotten horribly contentious and I tend to not initiate any political discussion with neighbors for fear of poisoning relations. One lady nearby was interested in discussion of BLM etc. She's a supporter. She's an intelligent, goodwllled person and we've had one long discussion on the sidewalk and many email followups.Not sure either of us has moved our opinion much.. but in general both sides of politics are so passionate it's difficult. You say you find most people here in Fred Co are to the political right. I wonder: How do you account for the political makeup of County government (Dem CE, Council Dem majority) City (Mayor Dem, Aldermen all Dems)? State reps are more balanced true.

phydeaux994

That’s pretty new, and the Old Guard is not happy about it. It’s the newcomers, the dreaded Liberals from Montgomery County, invading the County. Registered Dems just surpassed Registered Reps in the last year. Sheriff Jenkins, the iconic leader of the Old Guard, won his 1st term in 2006 by 30%+, in 2018 by 3%. You’re new here, please don’t think the FNP Opinion Forum is typical. This nonsense is the last of the Old Guard trying mightily to take Frederick County back to the Plantation mindset of the 1950’s. I just can’t let it go without challenge. It’s angry and mean and funny and we all know each other well and arguing the same views we’ve held all our lives. Join in at your own peril. ✌️

buckster

...and yet here you are, talking politics with your neighbors. You'd think with a circulation of dozens more people would be on these threads of the F 'n P. Must be that nobody really cares about BLM (we all heard their pleas), nobody really cares about FIDO, or Peter, or Bosco. Most of America is fed up with getting their dinner interrupted and people screaming in their face. If the 4 people who comment here everyday all day were to take a day off there would be no comments. Wow that sounds nice. Why don't you "regular commenters" meet together in person and have a debate. Schedule and promote it -- you could probably sell tickets to the other 3 people who care.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@ps

But you pretended to be a POC? It was I who called you out on your lie, because I could see your true color. It was you that tried to hide behind a different race, aren’t you the one that’s being a bigot?

petersamuel

PP: being told by you I expressing a 'white' viewpoint struck me as ridiculous. It deserved a ridiculous response.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@PS.

You were expressing a ‘white’ viewpoint just because it struck you as ridiculous doesn’t make it right to pretend to be a POC.

I was stating how I perceive what you say and how you say it, and I was perceiving you correctly.

So after all this, what’s your point ?

bosco

petersamual.....have you ever wondered why, on a open forum such as this, the LLBTT focuses so much energy on trying to classify participants as if to discount their opinions because, oh, you are one of those. What difference does it make if someone offers an opinion whether they are young, old, male, female, single, married, gay, straight, White Black Brown, gender neutral, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, conservative, liberal, capitalist, socialist, or any other classification?

Why not just be open and accepting?

The real bigotry shines here every day.

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jerseygrl42

why don't these trouble makers take their protests to Louisville and leave peace loving folks enjoy their dinners ...these folks are sickos

jth7100

Also, the right to bear arms is for white people. Why can't people remember that?

Lemmy

Claims that Louisville police had the wrong address or had no warrant when they arrived at Breonna Taylor's home are false. Taylor was an active participant in the drug business. Police announced themselves. Boyfriend fired at the police first. Police returned fire. These are facts. File this with the Ferguson lie. Media continues to gaslight.

pittsmom04

100% correct. They're not making anyone uncomfortable, just annoying everyone trying to enjoy themselves with the BS they believe to be true and refuse to listen to anyone else. I might still give them the time of day, but people like this ruined any chance of having sane and logical people listen to them.

llrowse

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olefool

I wonder how any people died from the drugs this woman and her boyfriend were selling out of that house..... Karma is a b^%$h

phydeaux994

Could you point to your source that can verify your contention. No??? I didn’t think so. Back over the cliff Lemming.

lifeisuseless

Phy, this is the information they are talking about. However, being mentioned in a document does not justify wrongful death, or no-knock warrants against a person of color. Their argument falls seriously short in that regard.

https://time.com/5885386/breonna-taylor-prosecutors-drug-trafficking-plea-deal/

phydeaux994

Where does it say that Taylor was an active participant in ANY drug business??? Lemming LIED until proven otherwise. He said “These are facts”. That is a LIE. I am so tired of the constant LIES from the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) that have ripped our Country apart. They don’t care about anyone but themselves. Russia, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria,........Trump’s America. 🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

Lemmy

Phydeaux,

I don't normally respond to posts from you or your fellow liberals who spend hours on end here as it would be, in my case, "punching down" so to speak. I post this as a courtesy to educate you since you are constantly in dire need of it.

Louisville Courier Journal reported police had reason to believe that Breonna Taylor had been involved because they believed that packages were being delivered to her apartment which Glover picked up and he said that she was in possession of several thousand dollars that belonged to him. I could tell you to google it but you'd probably cry that I didn't post a link so here it is:

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/breonna-taylor/2020/08/25/report-details-why-louisville-police-decided-to-forcibly-search-breonna-taylor-home/5593502002/

You ignorance and lack of curiosity of anything that might violate your liberal dogma is noted.

bosco

Zing. [lol][lol][lol][lol][ninja]

buckster

It wasn't a contention, it was a question. Idiot (fido).

lifeisuseless

Louisville has a large drug issue. Being right off of I-65, and a hub for cartel activity. It literally connects the north and south drug business. For many people, drugs are an inherent way of life. It's the one way to survive, and people struggle through a family cycle of addiction. Parents use. Their children use. This is very prevalent in this part of the state. So, is it likely Breonna had family or friends involved in the business? Absolutely, because most people in this area either are, or know someone who is involved in the drug trade. The cartels have intentionally inserted themselves as much as possible in the area. Now, that being said, understand that if Ms. Taylor was involved, it does not justify the death of a young black woman. Even forced entry, while legal in KY, is questionable.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Also why this then?

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and institute a series of police reforms to settle the family's wrongful death lawsuit.

The $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor's family is a historic move for Louisville, Kentucky, but across America it's the latest financial repercussion in a police misconduct case.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/us/police-shooting-lawsuits-breonna-taylor-settlement/index.html

Why settle if Breonna's life didn't matter? Because they are cowards.....and refuse to say it OUT LOUD, Black Lives Matter!

petersamuel

PP: Of course black lives matter. All lives matter. And yes it was a tragedy. Yes it was a wrongful death. And yes her family deserves compensation. The police should not have conducted that no-knock forced-entry early AM hours raid in which she died. Just to get evidence in a stupid little drug case. There are way too many such raids. David French makes the case that the Supreme Court has been lax in its application of the 4th Amendment against unreasonable searches... But it wasn't murder and the protesters have no case for demanding murder charges. Taylor was shot accidentally by the cops trying to take down the boyfriend who was firing his gun at them.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@PS.

So we are to believe that a black Nigerian boxer follows what David French says and does ? Your words give you away Peter Samuel and you weren’t born in 1980 nor are you a POC! This is exactly like black face in real life, still a really offensive thing to do!

pittsmom04

We know we know, facts don't matter. Only feelings

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] pittsmom!!

awteam2000

What went wrong? Why people are so upset 😭: Kentucky has a statue §503.050 that a person can use physical force to defend themselves. Persons are legally allow to use licensed fire arms if felt threatened in their defense. Kentucky also has “No Knock Warrens” that are carried out in the middle of the night by police. Clearly, the two processes don’t mix well.

Guilty of nothing, innocent of everything and in her own home, the ‘powers in charge‘ found that Breonna Taylor’s life didn’t matter.

Sorry, you were inconvenienced. But somethings in life need to draw your unwelcome attention. Your uncomfortableness will clearly lead to a change. I don’t know who shot first but I’m sure the results aren’t what they were looking for by the state nor the victim. The opposing processes don’t work. Someone should be held responsible, accountable. Changes need to be made, punishments need to be placed.

As the late John Lewis put it, 'get in good trouble, necessary trouble'.

bosco

I suspect, that just like the Goldman family, when the criminal justice system does not supply the justice or relief they are looking for, her family will be seeking justice in the civil justice system.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@bosco/Eric Trump

You mean like this:

The $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor's family is a historic move for Louisville, Kentucky, but across America it's the latest financial repercussion in a police misconduct case.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/us/police-shooting-lawsuits-breonna-taylor-settlement/index.html

phydeaux994

Try to keep up bosco.

threecents

Yes, Taylor's boyfriend was legally allowed to shoot at the police because he did not realize they were police, but the police were then legally allowed to fire back - also in self-defense. And yes, the system needs reforming, and that was acknowledged by all parties.

petersamuel

Yes, 3c. Legal writer David French's take was: "The grand jury’s decision (against charging the two police officers who killed Taylor) was proper, but the laws that led the police to violently enter Taylor’s home and confront her armed boyfriend in the middle of the night are unjust. The practices of the Louisville police department capitalizing on those laws are also unjust." It is worth reading in full https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/the-awful-realities-of-the-breonna

It is the most comprehensive analysis and 'mansplains' my take on the case.

jth7100

I had to use "colored", the actual word chosen by commenters can not be displayed here.

phydeaux994

Understood.

jth7100

Allow me to summarize some of the comments. A colored girl was shot to death in her bed, big deal. I can't get an appetizer in peace. So annoying. These people are never happy.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@jth7100

Nope they never are......

phydeaux994

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phydeaux994

Keep on PROTESTING!! You are RIGHT, they are WRONG!!! America is a Country for EVERYONE, not just “WHITE SUPREMACISTS” like Donald John Trump 🦧 and his 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑. Anybody that can support this SLIMEBALL after his OBVIOUS intentions to turn America into his Russia, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, is NOT an AMERICAN!!! Donald John Trump will TAKE Women’s Rights away, will TAKE your Healthcare away, will TAKE your FREEDOM away, and last but not least Donald John Trump will TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY.

pdl603

Nice rant sore loser, I suggest you do some soul search and rewrite your post because it is dead wrong.

C.D.Reid

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Dwasserba

Heart or other damage from covid will be a pre-existing condition...and we have so.many. people with diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure etc. Some of us remember when pre-existing conditions weren't covered for two years with a new job - and that was *private* insurance back when we had no pre-existing conditions. Parents can keep their kids on their insurance until 26... caring about the country is caring about what happens to others.

C.D.Reid

Gee fido, you really out did yourself in going off the deep end with this tirade! [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

C.D.Reid

BTW fido, I luv it when you get pi$$ed, it’s so cute!!! [lol]

phydeaux994

CD, quit stealing all my stuff. Think up something without my help for a change. Sheesh???🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@corgikid

I had one of my comments removed well after I had posted it, I was telling bosco/Eric that if he didn't like playing in this sandbox he could find another, I also mentioned something about telling the truth as a rule of the Cool Kids Club. It stayed up for the whole day but the next day when I looked it was gone, completely gone, there wasn't even a "comment deleted" left behind. I mean it was gone, I am still trying to figure out why ? I guess Eric was having his revenge with me?

Also they removed Jersey's comment where she called me a fool? I really have no idea why that was removed, remember I replied back to her asking how I was a fool? But there was a "comment deleted" left behind.

Yeah you never know what will happen to your comments do you?

petersamuel

These protesting people are just so wrong. Breonna Taylor's death was not a case of disregard for black lives and it was not murder. Breonna Taylor was killed accidentally in the crossfire of a quick and nasty close quarters gunbattle between three policemen and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. The police' intention was to kill Walker who had opened fire on them as they entered the house. Breonna Taylor's death was a tragedy, not a murder. Plus Breonna Taylor's skin color had nothing to do with her death. She happened to be near her boyfriend who was firing his gun at the police. She could have been yellow or blue or green and she would have been in the same danger of police return gunfire as she was being black. Her close proximity to her gun-firing boyfriend was the proximate cause of her death. A white woman in her place would be just as dead as Breonna Taylor. The jury decision was correct and just. Police have a legal right to fire back to kill when they come under gunfire, just like anyone else. One officer fired wildly and he is being charged with wanton endangerment, apparently a correct and just charge. The justice system is working in this case. There is no legitimate ground for the protest.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@EVERYONE

The white man has spoken......and spoken he has. Did it ever occur to you Peter that "you" are the reason they keep marching? Nope I didn't think so. Well carry on ......and thanks for white splaining Breonna's murder to us all. That is so.......like you.

petersamuel

PP: You missed my credentials for blackspaining stuff? Blackspaining's OK right, just whitesplaining that's bad? Hmmm here we ago again: immigrated from Nigeria after career as heavyweight boxer, resident of Las Vegas for tax purposes (don't tell de IRS I'm here in Frederick) Check name in Wikipedia.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@PS

So you want us to believe you are Samuel Okon Peter (born 6 September 1980) is a Nigerian professional boxer. He held the WBC heavyweight title in 2008, when he stopped Oleg Maskaev in six rounds. In his prime, he was known for his rivalry with the Klitschko brothers, having faced Wladimir twice (in 2005 and 2010) and Vitali once. Peter is known for his punching power and holds a 78.9% knockout-to-win ratio...REALLY ? We aren't that stupid but I guess you are?

petersamuel

PP: Whitespaining, blacksplaining, or just splaining a viewpoint that the protesters are off with their demand for murder charges against the two cops. I respect your right to disagree but instead of disagreement on the facts or the argument of the case we get from you "The white man has spoken..." So that racial labelling of me clinches the case eh?

bosco

petersamual, notice how much energy the LLBTT will spend on trying to fit you into a category that will fit their narrative. Are you clean and articulate? They are the party of identity politics and it will drive them crazy if they can't fit you into one of their stereotypes. And here, on the FNP where there are no racial identifiers, just opinions. Their hypocrisy shines.

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petersamuel

PP: I apologize if I sent you on a wild goose chase after the Nigerian heavyweight boxer whose names I share if you'll rethink the logic of having responded to my comment with "The white man has spoken... thanks for whitesplaining Breonna's murder to us all...." We do have very different backgrounds but our viewpoints are not baked-in. There is no "The-white-man" view and no 'black-person' view, thank goodness. We can all agree that we do need to fight injustices. But the injustices are complicated. Each one is individual and the facts can be interpreted different ways. We should argue about this stuff, passionately... fine. But let's focus our fire on what is said, not on what we imagine might be the writer's reason for saying it. By the way, I think I do have a little Nigerian in my genes.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@PS

I didn't go a wild goose chase, don't know why you think I would?

I googled the name and looked for the Wikipedia page took me a minute to figure out who you were trying to pretend to be, I'm not sure why you feel the need to squirm out of your identity? It makes you uncomfortable when I call out your race so you want to hide behind another race? Okay but why? Why aren't you proud of your race? Did you ever think about the why?

I call out your race because your race is who you are. You have always seen the world through one set of eyes, and you have moved in the world with your race being front and center and your race determined how the world sees you and how you see the world. You can't hide from your race and yet you felt the need to? Why?

Yes Peter there is a white view point and a black view point, a man's viewpoint and a woman's viewpoint ect, we all don't see things the same exact way, why would you even posit that notion? Very condescending don't you think Peter?

So yes we can interpret the facts differently but whose interpretation should we use?

I can see you through your words that you use when you comment, and also don't you imagine that most everyone in the comment section knows your race?

Combine your words with what we already know about you and tell me i am wrong in my assessment of you? You are a white man and your comments are coming from a white man's point of view, and how he interprets the facts, am I correct?

So we are to use your interpretation of the facts? Since when? I am focusing my fire on what you say because you seem to think you should have the final white word and we should just shut up.

jloo

Facts are facts PP, stop race baiting. It will get you nowhere.

phydeaux994

Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Taylor fired with a registered firearm on someone breaking into his home to defend his girlfriend and himself from a home invader, an act which the NRA and every RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) member screams is the fundamental reason why EVERYONE should own a gun. To blame him to be at fault for his girlfriend being killed has to be the most stupid, dumb, idiotic, evil, hypocritical thing that the gun nuts have ever said. A fusillade of bullets that didn’t even hit the man that fired at them but hit Breonna FIVE times and went into an ADJACENT apartment!! Trained Officers that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn FROM THE INSIDE. YOU HAVE TO BE FREAKIN’ KIDDING.....!!!

pdl603

No fido, testimony stated the cops knocked and identified themselves, big difference.

phydeaux994

Of course the Cops said they did, CYA. Taylor said he didn’t hear them. Only one other person said they did after originally saying they didn’t. Besides, a criminal home invader can yell “police” before busting in to fool the residents. And how do you account for all the shots hitting everything but Taylor? Quit blindly excusing incompetent Cops. There is no excuse for their screwup.

phydeaux994

Walker, not Taylor, her boyfriends name.

petersamuel

I agree with most of what you write phydeaux. It was a police raid that should never have occurred and it was botched. As I read it and I rely mostly on this (https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/the-awful-realities-of-the-breonna ) the reckless frenzied shooting was by the one cop who stayed outside and he has been dismissed and faces wanton endangerment changes. His shots didn't touch Breronna who was killed by the cops inside who were returning fire from Walker the boyfriend. Unfortunately there is no way justice can be done for Breonna because she's dead but the next best thing -- compensation to her family, proper charges against the guy shooting wildly from outside...it's happening. Drumming up murder charges when there was no murder just a tragic mistaken death from cops under fire might please the marching mobs but it would be a travesty of real justice. Senator Rand Paul I believe has sponsored legislation named after Breonna to try to stop these kinds of police raids in the future.

bosco

Oh, petersamuel, you will now incur the wrath of the Left Liberal Bully Tag Team (LLBTT) for daring to interject any other ideas into the conversation. They will attempt to project their identity politics and their own racism onto to you by name calling like a bunch of school yard bullies. See how long it takes.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@bosco/Eric Trump

Can you indicate in my above post where I called Peter a name? huh?

Also Eric/bosco we all know you are as Caucasian as Peter is, you try so hard to personify a POC, but sadly, we can all see through your persona and know your true color.

phydeaux994

Isn’t disagreeing with things you violently are against called INTERJECTING ANY OTHER IDEAS INTO THE CONVERSATION bosco???? You do it ALL the time don’t you?? I really worry about your conflicted thought process. You make no dang SENSE.

Betterdays

The aggressive in your face actions are doing nothing for the so called cause of these disrupters. It turns people against them, but I’m sure they know that. Just a matter of time before it gets ugly here too.

Protest peacefully, and respectfully and you might get someone to listen.

LeonardKeepers

the reason the mayor allows these s called protests is because he is a democrat.as for the grand jury in Louisville, what difference does it make what evidence was presented to the jury,the jury decided not to press any charges.i am fed up to here with all of this idiotic junk for which i would hope President Trump would call martial law and put a stop to all of these so called protests.

Thewheelone

Martial law in Frederick for a peaceful protest which inconvenienced some folks. Welcome to Donald Trump's America according to Leonard. Be careful what you wish for...

MDchange

My wife and I would have normally been downtown for our usual Friday night dinner. However, we thought better of it and ordered pizza instead! Glad we did. My heart breaks for the downtown restaurants, but we will not be back until this stops.

C.D.Reid

Exactly why I ask why does O'Connor allow it to happen. The restaurants are hurting badly enough because of the virus, yet he permits these people to hurt them even more. I guess it's easy enough for him to, his job, and income, are assured.

phydeaux994

The Restaurant owners have not been hurt nearly as bad as the entire Race of people that have been discriminated against and oppressed for 400 years and are now demanding that the discrimination and oppression STOP. The protests of the suppression of Rights for literally half of the Citizens of America which has caused the “GreatDivide” in our Nation is not going to go away because the Majority of Americans are behind their cause. We need a President and a Congress that can begin the healing that will save our Country.

awteam2000

CD, I agree. Trump not having a plan on addressing the Coronavirus, now in is seventh month. Over 200,000 dead, 7 million infected. Trump not setting an example - holding rallies of his cult herded together without masks has had a greater negative impact on the restaurant business then 50 protesters on Market St or demonstrators in a 3 block radius in Portland, Seattle or Louisville. Ask the proprietors of those businesses.

public-redux

Yup, there were more than 200 Benghazis yesterday alone on Trump's watch. About 700 Benghazis in the last 3 days.

Jaco

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PurplePickles aka L&M

“I’m tired of having this conversation. White people, I’m telling you, put your foot down if you stand with me,” said Dajah Gee. “I want to make you uncomfortable. I want you to have these conversations.”

You are making white people uncomfortable, just look at the comments to your story here in the FNP. I hope you read the comments and see why your marches and protests are needed.

People of Change will lead the way..........to white people having difficult conversations because without you they would never be forced to look in the mirror.

threecents

Making people uncomfortable while eating is not working any better than the pro-lifers showing posters of dead fetuses. Those tactics just cause backlash.

bosco

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] threecents.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@threecents

Those pictures of dead fetuses did work and made the public more pro-choice, so your point is well taken, they should keep having marches!

threecents

Wait. What?

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C.D.Reid

Hopefully so, corgi. [thumbup]

bosco

From the article......"The decision in Louisville".....is a key phrase. The case was brought before a grand jury in Louisville by a Black attorney general (Who is now being castigated in the MSM for not upholding his Blackness). If the evidence did not support charges, no charges were brought. That is the way the justice system works. It does not kow tow to the Burn Loot and Murder movement's mob justice. We've seen where mob justice leads - and it's usually to a necktie party.

If you want to work for justice, go to law school,, work in law enforcement, volunteer for the Innocence Project - work within the system.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@bosco/Eric Trump

BUT we don't know what "facts" were presented to the Grand Jury do we? WE don't know what evidence was brought before the Grand Jury, we DO NOT KNOW how Breonna's case was presented to the Grand Jury, WE DO NOT KNOW if Breonna's name was even mentioned in the Grand Jury do we? WE DON'T......so don't go saying it was decided so just shut-up and sing. Do not do that...

Cameron refused to tell reporters Wednesday whether he recommended that grand jurors exonerate all three police officers on homicide charges, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.

But other prosecutors in Kentucky, notably Dave Stengel, the former commonwealth’s attorney in Jefferson County where Louisville is located, have disclosed whether they made recommendations to grand juries in police shooting cases — or left decisions solely up to the grand jury.

So have prosecutors in other states.

In 2015, for example, after a 13-month investigation of the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot in a Cleveland park while holding a toy gun, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor disclosed that he advised the grand jury to issue no indictment.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/25/breonna-taylor-family-ben-crump-slam-decision-release-transcripts/3530842001/

threecents

Hard to criticize what we don't know, and there are legitimate reasons for the process. I agree with Bosco on this one.

phydeaux994

Wow threecents, ????????? Your comments lately are mystifying. You didn’t eat the purple ooze I hope. Peace. ✌️

PurplePickles aka L&M

@threecents

Let’s hope you are never caught up in the justice system. Yes it’s hard to criticize something you don’t know about, spoken like someone who knows just how privileged they are!

threecents

I am not saying the police did a good job - far from it - just that there is a LOT of misinformation being spread about this, and from what I have read, it is reasonable not to charge the officers, as they were acting on multiple legal warrants and one of the police officers was shot before they started shooting. One false piece of information is that the police were at the wrong address. It sounds like the police did a terrible job, but legally speaking, they were probably just defending themselves. They cannot be legally blamed for a bad system.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@threecents

You need to keep reading, and the cops can’t be blamed because they were defending themselves against themselves? You realize that’s your logic you are using, does your logic make sense to you? It doesn’t to me?

phydeaux994

I heard that the warrant was not legal, that the guy they were after that had lived there was in jail. Lack of communication in the LPD????

C.D.Reid

Question; why did frederick united cut ties with fmj? Couldn't decide who was going to be the biggest pain in the @$$?

C.D.Reid

This kind of garbage can't be helping the restaurant owners at all. If anything, it has to be hurting them and I'm wondering why O'Connor allows it to go on, other than he lacks the backbone to stop it. It seems the Democrat leaders today are content to let those people make a nuisance out of themselves until the "protesters" take it to the leader's own homes. Then they do something about it, something which should have been done long before.

mgoose806

I’m sure Mayor praised them for their efforts

C.D.Reid

I'm surprised he wasn't there right along with them, holding his fist up and chanting along with 'em.

public-redux

Really?

C.D.Reid

Yes, public, really. He "marched" with them before, you know.

public-redux

CD, I wasn’t clear. My “really?” was directed at your claim to be surprised.

public-redux

I don’t know how well you know MOC. I know him reasonably well. Been invited to his house, we say hello when we run into each other. I would be very surprised to see him holding up a fist and chanting. Doesn’t seem like his style. But perhaps you know him better than do I.

C.D.Reid

I understand that, public. I was really surprised that he didn't "march" with them.

Dwasserba

I'd respect that. He is allowed to have an opinion as a citizen separate from whatever the position of the city is.

bosco

Really incentivizes me to want to go downtown to dine. The question used to be smoking or non-smoking. Now it's protesting or non-protesting.

And don't think you are going to make any inroads with me if you demand I raise my arm to salute your cause - whatever it may be.

I wonder where Maxine Waters dines?

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/25/politics/maxine-waters-trump-officials/index.html

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C.D.Reid

From your link, bosco:

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to Waters' comments as "unacceptable" but blamed Trump's "daily lack of civility" for provoking responses such as that of Waters."

Waters makes "unacceptable" comments that are Trump's fault. [lol] Pelosi needed a lobotomy years ago.

tonyc51

Maybe she's already had the lobotomy based on her comments.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup] tonyc

awteam2000

The House Minority Leader is Kevin McCarthy.🤦‍♂️

bosco

When the article was written, Pelosi was indeed the house minority leader.

Let me buy you another cup of coffee. [wink][ninja]

C.D.Reid

[yawn] I could use one too.

Frankle1

The Breonna Taylor case does expose so much about how this society treats black and brown bodies. Especially black and brown women. The officer is charged for the shots he missed, not for the shots that killed a woman asleep in her bed. We have guns for home protection. If someone bashes in my door in the middle of the night, I'm grabbing my gun and shooting. I'm not going to wait to see if they are police. If you're asleep in bed and someone is breaking in, no reasonable law abiding citizen is going to pause and see if that intruder is a plain clothed police officer. It's just not reasonable to expect police to be bashing down your door in street clothes in the middle of the night when you're doing nothing wrong. Breonna was an EMT, a pillar of her community. She did not deserve to die that night. The person the cops were looking for had already been taken into custody. The cops endangered themselves, the residents of the building, and ended up killing a woman - all because they did not double check their paperwork?? How is this NOT negligent homicide???

threecents

She was not asleep or in bed when she was shot. The cops were there serving a warrant for that particular apartment, which they believed was being used for illegal activities, and they were returning fire.

MD1756

I think you need to separate those who were serving the no-knock warrant from those who ordered it. Those serving the warrant where engaged in a lawful act. Shooting (assuming you can legally own a firearm) at an intruder if you fear for your life is a lawful act. Police shooting back at someone who shoots at them performing a lawful act is generally a lawful act. The problem is with no-knock warrants. They should be banned or greatly restricted except where it might be needed to prevent immediate harm to someone and trying to catch someone with drugs would not fit that restriction. The jury got it right as it relates to the police officers serving the warrant.

Berryman

Wow, 50 whole protesters. Saw a bunch of black vans rolling into town up S. Carroll with black out windows. Renta-protestas frim out of town. When will weak Mayor and cops protect street eaters?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Berryman

Wow 50, whole protesters. Then why in the world are and the other Back in The Day People so afraid of them? Huh? why? What are street eaters? Are they like anteaters but eat streets instead? I think street eaters may belong in a zoo?

C.D.Reid

Like Reader said, PP, "nothing like showing your ignorance in public." You seem to really enjoy doing just that, too.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@CD

You true blue Trump Supporter how exactly are they showing their ignorance in public? You're the Trump Supporter not me so......aren't you the one showing your ignorance in public?

C.D.Reid

No, PP, I was referring to your asinine "street eaters" garbage. You seem to really enjoy advertising your ignorance here, just why is that?

threecents

Berryman, Shouldn't you clear your comments with Blaine before posting? He is a big supporter of the acting police chief.

Reader1954

nothing like showing your ignorance in public

pdl603

Nothing to protest anymore the false narrative has been exposed. Please, just go away.

quandary101

Explain to me the false narrative please? Now me, myself take every case on an individual basis so please don't refer any other cases. What is the false narrative about the Taylor case. Not looking to argue but maybe you can educate me. Thank you.

pdl603

The grand jury testimony stated the the police had a no knock warrant. Police chose to knock first, according to neighbors before a forced entry. Taylor’s male companion opened fire on the police striking one of them. Police returned fire, Taylor struck and killed. Was it a justified shooting you bet you it was. End of story. So why the protests?

quandary101

Explain to me the false narrative please? Now me, myself take every case on an individual basis so please don't refer any other cases. What is the false narrative about the Taylor case. Not looking to argue but maybe you can educate me. Thank you.

petersamuel

quandry: I think the false narrative is as follows. Breonna Taylor a black woman died in her home in Louisville KY from the bullets fired by white cops. It's a racist murder by cops. The legal system is a failure because a grand jury declines to support murder charges. This is systemic. The same racist murder at the hands of bigoted cops happens over and over again. And the perpetrators get off every time." That's roughly the protesters 'false narrative' we're talking about.

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